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 for terminal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Terminal \Ter"mi*nal\ (-nal), a. [L. terminals: cf. F. terminal.
     See Term, n.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the end or extremity; forming the
        extremity; as, a terminal edge.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Bot.) Growing at the end of a branch or stem;
        terminating; as, a terminal bud, flower, or spike.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Railroads) Pertaining to a railroad terminal; connected
        with the receipt or delivery of freight; as, terminal
        charges.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     Terminal moraine. See the Note under Moraine.
  
     Terminal statue. See Terminus, n., 2 and 3.
  
     Terminal velocity.
        (a) The velocity acquired at the end of a body's motion.
        (b) The limit toward which the velocity of a body
            approaches, as of a body falling through the air.
            [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Terminal \Ter"mi*nal\, n.
     1. That which terminates or ends; termination; extremity.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Eccl.) Either of the ends of the conducting circuit of an
        electrical apparatus, as an inductorium, dynamo, or
        electric motor, usually provided with binding screws for
        the attachment of wires by which a current may be conveyed
        into or from the machine; a pole.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Railroads)
        (a) The end of a line of railroad, with the switches,
            stations, sheds, and other appliances pertaining
            thereto.
        (b) Any station for the delivery or receipt of freight
            lying too far from the main line to be served by mere
            sidings.
        (c) A rate charged on all freight, independent of the
            distance, and supposed to cover the expenses of
            station service, as distinct from mileage rate,
            generally proportionate to the distance and intended
            to cover movement expenses; a terminal charge.
        (d) A town lying at the end of a railroad, in which the
            terminal is located; -- more properly called a
            terminus.
            [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     4. The station at either end of a bus line line which
        transports freight or passengers.
        [PJC]
  
     5. A station where passenger buses start or end a trip; --
        also called bus terminal.
        [PJC]
  
     6. The structure at an airport where passengers board or
        debark, and where ticket purchases and baggage pickup is
        performed; -- also called airline terminal.
        [PJC]
  
     7. (Computers) An electronic device where data may be entered
        into a computer, and information received from it, usually
        consisting of a keyboard and video display unit (monitor);
        the terminal may be integrated or connected directly to a
        computer, or connected by a communications circuit with a
        computer at a remote location; -- also called computer
        terminal.
        [PJC]
  
     freight terminal, a terminal used for loading or unloading
        of freight.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  terminal
      adj 1: of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery
             route; "freight pickup is a terminal service"; "terminal
             charges"
      2: relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time;
         "terminal examinations"; "terminal payments"
      3: being or situated at an end; "the endmost pillar"; "terminal
         buds on a branch"; "a terminal station"; "the terminal
         syllable" [ant: intermediate]
      4: occurring at or forming an end or termination; "his
         concluding words came as a surprise"; "the final chapter";
         "the last days of the dinosaurs"; "terminal leave" [syn:
         concluding, final, last, terminal]
      5: causing or ending in or approaching death; "a terminal
         patient"; "terminal cancer"
      n 1: station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers
           or goods [syn: terminal, terminus, depot]
      2: a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at
         which electric current enters or leaves [syn: terminal,
         pole]
      3: either extremity of something that has length; "the end of
         the pier"; "she knotted the end of the thread"; "they rode to
         the end of the line"; "the terminals of the anterior arches
         of the fornix" [syn: end, terminal]
      4: electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access
         to a computer; has a keyboard and display

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  234 Moby Thesaurus words for "terminal":
     CRT, L, Z, anchorage, apodosis, bad, beyond recall, beyond remedy,
     bordering, borderline, boundary, bounding, bourn, branch,
     cable railway, catastrophe, caudal, ceasing, cessation,
     clause boundary, clause terminal, close juncture, closing, coastal,
     coda, cog railway, completing, completive, completory, concluding,
     conclusion, conclusive, conductor, connection, connector,
     consummation, consummative, control panel, coupling, crack of doom,
     crowning, culminating, culmination, cureless, curtain, curtains,
     deadly, death, decease, definitive, denouement, depot,
     despaired of, destination, destiny, determinant, determinative,
     determining, done for, doom, dying, effect, el, electric railway,
     elevated, elevated railway, embankment, end, end point, ending,
     endmost, envoi, epilogue, eschatology, eventual, expiration,
     expiring, extreme, facing death, falling terminal, farthest, fatal,
     fate, feeder, feeder line, final, final solution, final twitch,
     final words, finale, finality, finalizing, finis, finish,
     finishing, fringing, frontier, fulfilling, given up, goal, going,
     gone, gravity-operated railway, greatest, harbor, haven, hindmost,
     hopeless, horse railway, immedicable, in articulo mortis,
     in extremis, incapable of life, incorrigible, incurable,
     inoperable, irreclaimable, irrecoverable, irredeemable,
     irreformable, irremediable, irreparable, irretrievable,
     irreversible, irrevocable, izzard, junction, juncture, keyboard,
     lag, last, last breath, last gasp, last stop, last things,
     last trumpet, last words, latest, latter, latter end, lethal,
     light railroad, limbic, liminal, limit, limitable, limital,
     limiting, line, littoral, lost, low, main line, marginal, maximum,
     metro, module, monitor, monorail, moribund, mortal, near death,
     nonviable, omega, open juncture, past hope, past praying for,
     pause, payoff, period, peroration, polar, port, position, quietus,
     rack railway, rack-and-pinion railway, rail, rail line, railroad,
     railway, remediless, resolution, resting place, rimming,
     rising terminal, roadbed, roadway, ruined, sandhi, screen,
     sidetrack, siding, sinking, skirting, slipping, slipping away,
     station, stop, stoppage, stopping place, street railway,
     streetcar line, subway, swan song, switchback, tail, term,
     terminable, terminal point, terminating, termination, terminative,
     terminus, threshold, track, tram, tramline, trestle, trolley line,
     trunk, trunk line, tube, turnout, ultimate, underground, undone,
     unmitigable, unrelievable, unsalvable, unsalvageable, windup, wire,
     word boundary
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  terminal
  
     1.  An electronic or electromechanical device for
     entering data into a computer or a communications system and
     displaying data received.  Early terminals were called
     teletypes, later ones VDUs.  Typically a terminal
     communicates with the computer via a serial line.
  
     2.  The end of a line where signals are either
     transmitted or received, or a point along the length of a line
     where the signals are made available to apparatus.
  
     3.  Apparatus to send and/or receive signals on a
     line.
  
     (1995-10-02)
  

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